Hi. I am new here. Thanks for having me. Forgive me if this sort of question is common around here:
I am a junior M&A associatein a decent M&A practice in New York. T10 , engineering degree as an undergrad (i.e., good with spreadsheets), okay grades, 26 years old.
Were I to attempt a transition into an IB as an associate in a M&A advisory practice:
1. Any headhunter recommendations so I can learn more about what I need to do to become a worthwhile candidate (I realize I am not a usual candidate) and find out what, if anything is available now and whether I'd be a better candidate if I do X for the next year or two (or when the economy picks up, etc.)?
2. For the few JDs who move into IB, any idea what an IB looks for in those applicants -- general deal knowledge? Financial knowledge picked up along the way? Merely the ability to work 400 hours a month and accept having no non-work life? A combination?
3. Any further advice or leads would be welcome as I learn more about whether this is possible and how to execute such move.
I appreciate any advice as I start gathering information from scratch. Thanks.